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UK firms' hiring plans strongest since Q3 2008: Survey

Published on Dec 11, 2012 8:25 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - British companies are planning to hire extra workers between January and March at the fastest pace in more than four years, a survey by staffing firm ManpowerGroup showed on Tuesday.

The Manpower seasonally adjusted net employment outlook for the first quarter of 2013 rose to 6 per cent from 3 per cent for the current quarter.

That suggests the strongest hiring intentions since plans for the penultimate quarter of 2008. However, Britain was in the middle of its deepest recession in over 50 years at the time, which tempers the survey's optimism.

"We should not get carried away, today's jobs market lacks the dynamism we saw before 2008, with the vast majority of UK firms continuing to sit on their hands," said Mr Mark Cahill, managing director of ManpowerGroup UK.

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